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Corruption: Nigeria’s Ranking Improves


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The efforts of the Nation’s foremost anti-graft agency, the economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) are beginning to yield results.
Nigeria has recorded an improvement in corruption rating, moving from 147th position to 121st out of 180 countries.
In the latest Transparency International 2009 Global Corruption Report, Nigeria had a 10point rating for 180 countries with Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden tied at 9.3 each to emerge as the least corrupt nations.
The United Kingdom and the United States occupied 16th and 18th positions with 7.7 points and 7.3 points respectively. The most corrupt countries are Haiti 1.4, Iraq 1.3 and Somalia 1.0.
Analysis of the report shows that Nigeria gained 26 more points in its fight against corruption by moving up from 147th to 121st.
The transparency international report described legal and institutional changes against corruption under President Umaru Yar ‘Adua as appreciable. It acknowledges such legal frameworks as the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative act 2007, the Public Procurement Act 2007, Investments and securities Act 2007, the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007.
The report is good and an indication that if the EFCC and relevant agencies are given needed support and cooperation by all stakeholders, things will get better.
In a related development, the United States of America has once again given Nigeria a clean bill of health as a drug free country out of a list of countries determined as a major drug-transit and producing country for the ninth consecutive time.
A statement issued in the White House by Ian Kelly, Department Spokesman, said: The United States released its 2009 narcotics clarification report in which Nigeria was certified for the ninth consecutive time’. The statement entitled Presidential Department for Major Drug-Transit and Major illicit Drug producing countries said the United States gave Nigeria a clean bill f health as a free-drug country.
All Nigerians should be congratulated for this remarkable feat which is a major advancement in our national image. The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) should be commended for its resilience and determination which earned Nigeria, the prestigious certification.

Article written by Henry Kester Ewruje

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